In this game, players take control of masters training students to become martial arts lineage holders all while an emperor tries to unite the nation. This game takes place over a series of rounds where players progress students to the point where they earn five animal cards. While the student is earning these cards, the player's master maintains a lineage marker and gains chi. There are two routes to victory in this game. The first route involves a player's student successfully collecting all five animal cards from the various masters and returning to the center of the board before the other players. The second route occurs when a player controlling the emperor builds towers on the four corners of the boards and thereby wins the game.
The game box comes with a rulebook, a game board, 3 tracker boards, 36 punchboard octagons, 40 wood tiles, 25 Animal cards, 6 player aid cards, 3 status trackers, a gathering marker, 14 player pieces, 5 Lineage markers, 180 Chi tokens, 5 cloth bags, and a custom box insert. This game is for one to six players, ages 14 and up, and plays in 45-90 minutes. It will retail for $90.00.